What you need to know about cerebral accidents and failure to diagnose stroke cases If a doctor said that you or a loved one experienced a cerebrovascular accident, you might be confused. It’s very possible that you weren’t in an accident – the kind you usually think of, anyway – at all. No car crash, no workplace injury, no fall. Just sudden and worrying symptoms that had your family rushing to the emergency room. “Cerebrovascular accident” is a medical term… Read More

Photo Credit: Pixabay (public domain). “Adverse reaction to prescription drugs.” “Combined toxic effects” of the same medications. “Drug intoxication.” For grieving family members, these descriptions of a loved one’s cause of death bring little closure. If anything, the survivors feel confused that something like this could have ever happened to their loved one, or even guilty for not finding a way to stop it. This isn’t fair. Death certificates and medical examiner’s reports should provide answers, not raise more questions. And… Read More

Strokes are among the leading causes of death in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reported, yet too few people know the serious symptoms to watch out for, the factors that put them at risk, and the danger they can still face even after a trip to the emergency room. May is National Stroke Awareness Month. What better time to learn more about the serious medical condition that, the CDC said, kills one American every… Read More

Like it or not, a large part of how we understand cancer is numerical. We quantify cancer prevalence through statistics and patients’ prognoses through percentage-based survival rates. Even to describe the severity of a cancer’s progression, we use numbered stages. There’s a lot we can learn about cancer risk, diagnosis and misdiagnosis, treatment, and prevention by looking at the numbers. Cancer beyond the Statistics Despite all the information that cancer statistics give us – some of it devastating, like the… Read More

Healthcare has become such an ordeal today that for many patients, doctors’ dismissive attitudes undermine whatever benefit they should get from going to the doctor. This trend isn’t just frustrating – it’s dangerous. Your doctor should listen to your concerns and your account of your symptoms and explain to you what different diagnoses and test results mean. As a patient, you deserve nothing less. Do You Trust Your Doctor? It’s no surprise that many of us don’t like to go… Read More

You hear a lot about cancer awareness. There’s a practical reason for this focus: making people aware of the symptoms to watch for and the screenings that could lead to early detection. Survival rates are far higher when cancers are diagnosed early on, rather than after they have progressed to more serious stages. Recently, I have seen a disturbing rise in medical malpractice cases in which doctors failed to diagnose two specific kinds of cancer: breast and colon cancer. Regular screening… Read More

There are some symptoms that we all – hopefully – know could indicate cancer: excessive tiredness and fatigue, the development of strange lumps on the breast or elsewhere on the body.  However, not every cancer symptom is obvious. Some are seemingly minor signs that you might chalk up to another, less serious cause. Others might be so mild that you don’t notice them at all. Knowing these symptoms and getting help for them immediately could result in early detection that… Read More

As a national observance, breast cancer awareness month champions the importance of early detection as a way of saving lives. While proactive screening and a speedy diagnosis can greatly improve patients’ prognoses, there are, sadly, some patients who don’t benefit from the protocols and procedures put in place for their protection. Some patients have their mammograms performed or the results interpreted by incompetent technicians or their concerns brushed off by inattentive doctors. These patients may have a false sense of… Read More

Let’s start with the bad news: prescription painkiller overdoses are up yet again. In 2011 – the most recent year for which data has been released – 16,917 people died from drug poisoning involving opioid painkillers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. More people died from prescription medication overdoses than from overdosing on heroin and cocaine combined – and that’s been the case for years now. There is good news, though. Yes, overdose deaths are still increasing –… Read More

When workers get sick, they too often have to go into work anyway, trudging unproductively and infectiously through their workday when they should be home resting. These workers don’t have sick time, or they don’t have enough sick time, to take off of work. Staying home sick could prevent them from being able to support themselves and their families. Without meaning to, these employees put everyone they come into contact with at risk: coworkers, customers, and even motorists on the… Read More

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  • Best of New Jersey Award
  • Million Dollar Award
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